''Local Government Project Awards of the Year'' annually organized by Belhaber.com that is also known as Municipal Oscar Awards, were given to its winners on 29 December 2015 in Taksim CVK Hotel, Istanbul. Mevlana Demirel, General Coordinator of Belhaber, Bekir Kaplan, General Manager of Media Inc., Mehmet Duman, UCLG-MEWA Secretary General, Murat Özdemir, President of Architects and Engineers Group, and the representatives of municipalities that were the winners of the awards, participated in the ''9th Municipal Oscar Awards'' ceremony along with the other guests.

Moreover, apart from municipalities, projects of departments of some municipalities were also granted awards. In this concept, Bağcılar Municipality, Beyoğlu Municipality, Büyükçekmece Municipality, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Directorate of Libraries and Museums, İETT (Istanbul Electric Tramway and Tunnel Establishments), Istanbul Tree and Landscape Corporation, and Pendik Municipality were all granted 25 project awards in total. The plaques of the projects awarded within the context of public opinion polls and survey studies were given to the representatives of municipalities.

In this regard, UCLG-MEWA was granted the Most Successful Local Government Network Award. Mehmet Duman, UCLG-MEWA Secretary General who participated in the ceremony to receive the award, stated in his interview that “The award that we received will add a new excitement to our works. We will not only work intensely in Turkey but also in 20 region countries. Our activities will continue in a new speed.”

Iznik Municipality was among the award-worthy municipalities. Mehmet Duman, UCLG-MEWA Secretary General, presented the award of İznik Municipality to Osman Sargın, Mayor of İznik.

The ceremony ended after the photo taken. 


 UCLG CIB Annual Meeting 2020

UCLG’s Capacity and Institution Building (CIB) Working Group is a technical platform for professionals from Local Government Associations and individual local governments active in the field of capacity development and local government development cooperation.

 UCLG Executive Bureau 28-29 May 2020

In view of the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and following the cancellation of the face-to-face meeting of the UCLG Executive Bureau, scheduled from 28 to 30 May in Rome, the UCLG Presidency proposes to convene a virtual Executive Bureau on the same dates

 Decalogue For the COVID-19 Aftermath

The UCLG network, its membership, secretariats and the community it represents have been living and working differently since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local and regional governments are ready to lead this discussion, and the UCLG Presidency has agreed on a Decalogue as the basis for future steps.

 UCLG-MEWA Local Government Talks Postponed

Due to the Novel Coronavirus(Covid-19) precautions, we have postponed our UCLG-MEWA Local Government Talks on 18 March 2020 with D-8 Secretary-General Mr. Amb. Dato‘ Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari, to a further date. We kindly submit for your information.


United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) will organize another session of UCLG-MEWA Local Government Talks, with Ambassador Dato’ Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari, Secretary-General of Developing 8 (D-8), on 18 March 2020, at its General Secretariat in Sultanahmet, Istanbul


UCLG-MEWA Executive Bureau Meeting and Side Event of the Committee on City Diplomacy and Local Governance will be held from 10 to 12 March 2020 under the auspices of Nevşehir Municipality

 UCLG-MEWA is Discussing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans

Sustainable Bus System for Smart Cities Conference will be co-organized by United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA), World Resources Institute for Sustainable Cities (WRI) Turkey Sustainable Cities, Busworld Academy, HKF Trade Fair, Association of Private Urban Public Bus Operators’ Union (TÖHOB), United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UN-CRD) and UN-Habitat on 5-6 March 2020 at Istanbul Expo Center, Turkey

 The Mediterranean Host Municipalities Learning Network 4th Annual Peer-to-Peer Learning Workshop

In the context of the Mediterranean Host Municipalities Learning Network (HMLN), the CMI is organizing the 4th Annual Peer-to-Peer Learning Workshop of the HMLN to take place in Amman, Jordan, on April 5-9, 2020

 UCLG-MEWA call for Solidarity for CORONA Virus

We stand with all cities of the world who are facing this outbreak, specifically Chinese members of UCLG

 World Urban Forum 10th Session

The 10th World Urban Forum (WUF10) will be hosted by Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, on 8-13 February 2020 in partnership with the United Nations Habitat, the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport, the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.